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Introduction to Implementation Science

for Palliative Care and Long-term Conditions

Lead the implementation of evidence-based care for people with complex advanced and chronic care needs.

Course length Flexible over 12 weeks
Start date September 2024
Location Online


About the module

What is Implementation Science?

Implementation Science addresses one of the biggest challenges in health and social care today - how to get the best of what we know delivered in routine practice. This is vital for people to get the treatments and care for which there is evidence of real benefit.

Bringing together knowledge from research and practice, this module will equip you with the skills to critically research, select, and adapt the implementation strategies needed to deliver evidence-based care to people with complex advanced and chronic care needs.

About the module

This online module will enable you to develop critical skills in implementation science so that you can lead change in key advanced and chronic care issues such as shared decision-making, advance care planning, and medication management.

You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in advanced and chronic care through lectures, small group work, and online activities.

You will be introduced to different approaches to implementing evidence in advanced and chronic care, and will learn how to critically apply implementation theories and frameworks.

Complementary threads of stakeholder engagement and evaluative research methods run through the module, enabling you to develop the skill-set of a well-rounded implementation scientist.

The content of this module is mapped to the Medical Research Council’s Complex Interventions Framework, so your learning will align with the priorities of service delivery and major research funders.

Students receive 20 Level 7 credits on successfully completing this module.

You can take the module on its own or as part of a postgraduate research degree at Hull York Medical School (MSc, MD, or PhD).

This module can also be taken as part of the PGCert/PGDip/MSc Palliative Care: Implementing Best Practice programme.

This online module will enable you to study flexibly, although students should endeavour to take part in the online group discussion sessions held each Thursday morning.

Who is this module for?

This module is ideal for clinicians or researchers interested in applied clinical and health research and/or quality improvement who are looking to develop their implementation expertise.

The module is also suitable for NIHR Doctoral Fellows and Trainees (e.g. NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme).

Teaching and assessment


You will be assessed on an implementation brief and strategy proposal, which will provide an opportunity to apply your learning to an implementation challenge related to your clinical or research interests.

Alumni testimonials

Watch the video: Stephanie Hill discusses the Implementation Science module

Dr Stephanie Hill

Dr Stephanie Hill is a Palliative Medicine Registrar.

Watch the video: Alex Wray discusses the Implementation Science module

Alex Wray

Alex is a Clinical Research Fellow and a Specialist Nurse in Critical Care.

Watch the video: Ellie Atkins discusses the Implementation Science module

Ellie Atkins

Ellie Atkins is a Vascular Surgery Registrar.

Watch the video: Jagjit Mankelow discusses the Implementation Science module

Dr Jagjit Mankelow

Dr Jagjit Mankelow is a Physiotherapist and Lecturer in Rehabilitation Science.

Michael Patterson

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson is a Clinical Research Fellow and a Nutrition Support Dietician.

Watch the video: Tracy Tessier-Varlet discusses the Implementation Science module

Tracy Tessier-Varlet

Tracy Tessier-Varlet is a Practice Nurse Educator in Primary Care.


Entry requirements

Applicants must have previous training in a health or social care profession (e.g. graduates of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or social work or other allied health and social care professions), in a science applied to human or organisational behaviour (e.g. graduates of psychology or sociology) or have equivalent professional experience.

Applicants must have a 2.1 degree or equivalent.

All applications will be subject to successful completion of an online interview.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
  • LangCert B2 Communicator High Pass (minimum score 33/50)
  • WASSCE: C5


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fee for this module is £2,100.

The fee listed is for 2024 entry; fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation as fees are reviewed on an annual basis and may change.


Hospice staff can apply for a Wolfson Foundation bursary to cover module fees.


How to apply

External applicants

Applications are made online via the University of York website and will be open soon. Please contact to be notified.

Payment is made online by debit or credit card. To pay by invoice, please contact

The closing date for applications is 6 September 2024.

Internal applicants

Please apply through your relevant administrator: